'''Louisa May Alcott''' (; November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist
best known as the author of the novel ''Little Women
'' (1868) and its sequels ''Little Men
'' (1871) and ''Jo's Boys
Raised by her transcendentalist
parents, Abigail May
and Amos Bronson Alcott
in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson
, Nathaniel Hawthorne
, and Henry David Thoreau
Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name '''A. M. Barnard''' and under it wrote novels for young adults.
Published in 1868, ''Little Women
'' is set in the Alcott family home, Hillside, later called the Wayside, in...